Ohio State junior LaQuinton Ross will forgo his senior season to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, the school announced Friday. Ross, a 6’8″ forward, led the Buckeyes in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He also drained 42 3-pointers, good for second on the team.
“LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years,” head coach Thad Matta said in a release. “His goal is to compete at the highest level possible. He will have that opportunity because of the work he has put in to prepare for this day. He will be missed at Ohio State and we wish him nothing but the very best.”
Ross had the potential to be a very special player at Ohio State, and though he had a strong senior season, many people felt he never quite fulfilled that potential. He was plagued by inconsistency, particularly on the defensive end.
ESPN’s Chad Ford ranks Ross the 33rd-best prospect for this year’s draft.
“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said in a release. “Coach Matta, my teammates and the staff were amazing to work with on a daily basis. My goal has always been to play at the next level and I believe now is the best time.”